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Education News Archive - November 02, 2006

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GIBSONVILLE, N.C. - A fire that began in a chemistry lab destroyed a high school, leaving more than 1,000 students without a school building for the rest of the year. A teacher spotted the fire around 2 p.m.

By Brian J. Pedersen, The Arizona Daily Star, Tucson Nov. 2--Teresa Shelby's son is doing much better in school these days, thanks to some racquetballs and beanbags.

Word of the Day
attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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